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Why you need an enterprise resource planning system

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems help organizations manage their businesses with efficiency and flexibility. Bringing together finance, manufacturing, retail, supply chain, warehouse, and inventory, enterprise resource planning systems are a critical tool in unifying operations across the many departments businesses must manage. Instead of disparate processes, communication challenges between departments, and outdated systems, enterprise resource planning systems provide insight and visibility across your business.

What can ERP systems do?

Automate routine tasks.

Spend your time on what matters most by automating tasks that once took time, effort, and resources. Automate reports, set triggers and alerts, and assign tasks to the right team members.

Provide a single source of intelligence.

Regardless of the needs of your customers and partners, enterprise resource planning systems help you stay aligned across your assets, employees, and goals—which means your team can work better together.

Unify operations.

Connect your warehouses, suppliers, subsidiaries, and teams through a unified system, giving you total visibility of your supply chain all throughout the globe.

Identify areas needing support.

Full visibility into your business operations let you quickly spot trends, downturns, or operational challenges that need your attention, helping you keep your business running at optimal capacity.

The benefits of enterprise resource planning systems

In addition to driving improved visibility and insight, here are additional benefits that enterprise resource planning systems can bring your business.

More efficient operations.

Real-time insights and predictive intelligence come together to help you easily and efficiently identify and resolve anything that hinders optimal operations.

Low costs.

Improved efficiencies, budget control, and financial process automation let you keep close watch on your costs and help identify areas for improvement.

Shared best practices.

Connected departments make knowledge-sharing easier than ever, helping elevate all departments to their best performance.

Improved team productivity.

Smoother operations and a central source of information boosts productivity by bringing together people, data, and processes.

Smarter strategies.

Connected data takes you beyond outdated spreadsheets, helping you plan growth using dynamic views of future strategic opportunities.

Features you should look for in an enterprise resource planning system

As you explore different tools for resource planning or cloud ERP, make sure you find a system with the following features:

Multi-department integration.

Look for a system that allows you to integrate a wide range of data and functions across your business, such as finance, manufacturing, human resources, inventory, and sales.

Built-in intelligence

Machine learning and artificial intelligence can provide insights that help transform your products and customer interactions, guiding your teams to the right business outcomes.

Adaptable platform.

Customize, extend, and integrate your solution with other apps, offering confidence your enterprise resource planning system will meet your needs as your business grows.

Integration with other systems.

Invest in a system that offers a unified experience, letting you connect and share data across different apps.

Global capabilities.

Multi-national organizations must monitor country-specific compliance and tax guidelines. If your business operates throughout the globe, look for a global ERP solution.

Cloud ERP: Flexible, fast, and cost-effective

In the past, enterprise resource planning implementations were mostly on-premises. But with the convenience of accessing data in the cloud, cloud ERP implementations are more and more common.

Cloud ERP systems are flexible, giving you anywhere access to your information, boosting productivity and keeping teams connected throughout the globe. Being able to access data when on-the-go, or on-location with customers, partners, and suppliers offers a level of convenience that moves business forward.

The straightforward implementation of cloud ERP systems can save time, resources, and the headaches that may occur from complicated, on-premise implementations.

Operating on a monthly subscription, cloud ERP systems often do not require a high, up-front investment, which can make a big difference for smaller businesses.

How other companies use enterprise resource planning

Insights at your fingertips

“Literally every day, somebody would take information from an Excel spreadsheet and use it to write up production lists on paper. That’s workable when the master scheduler can walk down to the production floor and say, ‘Hey, here’s what we need to do today.’ But that didn’t scale. Now, any scheduler in any facility will have insights available at their fingertips to prioritize work orders for the day.”

Tim Gryder, Project Manager and System Administrator, Intimidator Group

Bring enterprise resource planning into your business

Transform your business with Microsoft Dynamics 365—modern business applications that seamlessly integrate ERP and CRM capabilities. Based in the cloud, Dynamics 365 apps help break down silos across your business by giving your team a unified view of operations.

More efficient operations.

Real-time insights and predictive intelligence come together to help you easily and efficiently identify and resolve anything that hinders optimal operations.

Low costs.

Improved efficiencies, budget control, and financial process automation let you keep close watch on your costs and help identify areas for improvement.